While most people are wary or organization politics, politically savvy leaders know how to manage them. They take initiative, and they forge consensus. Ultimately, they help others maximize their impact, so the organization can continue to thrive in a highly competitive future.
Insprirational leadership without a firm grounding in organization politics risks becoming hollow rhetoric. Political Savvy discusses how successful leaders at all levels in the organization operate ethically behind-the-scenes to work the darker side of organizational life.
The book helps you analyze your own political style, (yes, everyone has one) and understand the strategies and tactics used by ethical leaders. Through quotes, grids, tools, a case study, mapping techniques and examples, the book provides a systematic, practical guide to navigating political minefields so you can increase your influence in the organization, coach others, and obtain the career success, satisfaction, and meaning you want from work.
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Comments on First Edition "DeLuca has created a smooth flowing work that delivers what it promises: a systematic approach to being an effective, ethical, behind-the-scenes leader. Must reading for the unsavvy and savvy, alike." -Stern's HR Management Review
"[FC Recommends Political Savvy: A Systematic Approach to Leadership Behind the Scenes, by Joel DeLuca.] A step by step manual for exercising influence beyond your authority." - Fast Company Magazine, April/May 1998
"The principles from this book have been essential in helping our MBA students understand how to become impact players in their own organizations, no matter what level they are at." - Stewart Friedman, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
"An essential and practical guide for managing both the practical reality of organizational life and leading change in the face of that reality. I began using Political Savvy as a coaching tool several years ago and find it equally applicable to first time managers and senior executives." - Anita Jensen, Ph.D., Vice President Executive Development, Citibank, Inc.
"I wish I had this book early in my career... It's the first gift I gave my youngest son before he took a job after graduating from college, and I gave copies to my two older sons, as well." - Judge Richard B. Klein, Court of Common Pleas
"Political Savvy is the single best book I've read on the human side of leading change. Many of my clients have benefited from Joel's pragmatic approach to making change happen." - Robert Bruce Shaw, Ph.D., Managing Principle, Princeton MCG Consulting, Author of Trust in the Balance, Jossey-Bass, 1998
"An excellent book for new and experienced managers alike. It takes readers beyond the negative stereotypes of organizational politics and shows them how to get involved in making changes in their organizations." - Stephen Stumpf, Ph.D., Dean of Professional Development Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.
"The topic of this book, Political Savvy, drew a surprising amount of interest. We had over two hundred requests from a variety of organisations who wanted to attend the seminar. It was unfortunate that we had to limit attendance, especially as the seminar was so very well received." -Dr. Steven Gans,Chairman, London,Institute for Management Studies
"The class sessions based upon the book were such a hit in our Management of Technology Program for engineers that we have now incorporated it permanently into the curriculum. This is a must read for all practicing technologists, engineers and scientists." - Dwight L.Jaggard,Ph.D.,Associate Dean,Graduate Education & Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of PennsylvaniaFrom the Inside Flap:
"Political Savvy" captures what real leaders do when nobody's looking."-Kathleen F. Morris, Managing Director, Delta Consulting Group, Inc.
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